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COULD YOUR GUT HEALTH REALLY BE THE ANSWER TO YOUR OVER-ALL WELLBEING? HEALTH WORKS EXPLAINS.

13 November 2018

I am a big advocate of applying an integrative, holistic approach to health by drawing from eastern, western and ancient natural health practices – and Health Works does just that! Our health is far more than just healthy eating and exercise - it is multifaceted; and therefore in order to maximise our health, we need to address all aspects of our wellbeing.

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Probiotics for your Skin? Why You Should Seriously Consider Using ESSE SKINCARE

16 October 2018

So we are all pretty much in the know about the value of consuming probiotics (either through supplements or via fermented foods such as kimchi, yoghurt or kombucha) to ensure healthy gut and microbiome balance. But what about probiotics applied to your skin?

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DNALYSIS: DOES DNA TESTING FOR WEIGHT LOSS REALLY WORK?

03 October 2018

This past month I was lucky enough to be able to try out dnalysis – something I have been wanting to sample for ages!! The idea that science (namely genetic testing) can tap into our personalised and specific nutrition, sports and health needs is music to my ears – taking much of the guess work out of trying to figure out what our bodies ACTUALLY need. So if you dabbling with idea of trying it out, then here is everything you need to know.

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Honestly….you have to Try Honest Food Store Café Now!!!

04 May 2018

I am so grateful that Autumn has gifted us a few extra “summer” days this year, meaning warm sunny days out and about, especially over the long weekend! I was particularly excited to go and give Honest Food Store a try! I saw a few posts about this new little gem here and there, and with their incredible healthy food offering, OBVS I had to go see for myself.

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Phad Thai, Boat Trips, and Sunset Dreams…My Top 6 Phuket Highlights

12 February 2018

Aaaah the beauty that is Phuket..what a colourful place, and I don’t just mean the sunsets! I mean the happy, crazy, fun loving people that make Phuket a destination like no other. From boat rides and lazy beach days, to forest walks, zip lining and quad biking, you can pretty much fulfill just about every desire there…

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5 Quick and Effective Exercises to do On Holiday

07 December 2017

Whether you are on the beach, in the mountains or frolicking in the snow, these quick an effective exercises will keep you fit and toned while on holiday. No equipment required and you can do these absolutely anywhere.

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Need A Smartphone Detox? Six Steps to Help You Out

24 November 2017

We all have them, rely on them for everything, are likely to experience major separation anxiety if they are not around, and well, can’t live without them (or at least that’s what we think). The ever-developing world of technology is an aspect of life that has essentially become the norm for us. For the most part this is positive I guess, but we absolutely cannot ignore the impact that our smartphones have on virtually all aspects in our lives, and most importantly, on our health.

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Caralishious Reviews: My Urban Sass Salon Experience

10 November 2017

If I am being completely honest, I am not much of a hair and nails kinda gal. I recently started having my nails done (which I have to say I do enjoy…especially those super bright lumo Summer colours), but as for my hair, I’ve always been one to do it myself with the odd exception of ombre colour, once a year. I think because I am always so busy - usually doing at least 3 things simultaneously, the thought of sitting in a chair unoccupied for 2-3 hours is daunting! LOL! My hair had however been looking a bit lifeless of late, so I decided to take Urban Sass up on their very generous invitation to their salon, for a morning of much needed grooming.

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Should you Be Trying IV Infusions?

09 November 2017

As you all know by now, Im a bit of a health nerd – if I’m not practicing yoga, or eating my way to healthy and vitality, I’m probably talking about it so when I was invited by Carmen Constantinides to try IV Push vitamin infusion – where you’re basically hooked up to a drip for an intravenous intake of vitamins, directly into the blood stream – I was naturally curious. Anything that involves replenishing my energy levels, removing toxins and nourishing my body…I’m game!

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My 7 Best Body Solutions for Summer

29 October 2017

While I don’t believe in blindly following trends, I do still think it is good to keep yourself in the know, and make use of these trends in a way that works for you. Trends can help keep things interesting and can also provide a way for us to get out of our comfort zones by trying something new!

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Body Love Luxury Lifestyle Brunch and Yoga with Krunch SA and Virgin Active Classic Alice Lane

15 September 2017

This past weekend we hosted our second Body Love event, “Body Love Luxury Lifestyle Brunch and Yoga” in collaboration with Krunch SA and Virgin Active Classic Alice Lane. I cant begin to describe how happy it made me to see so many people come together to honour their bodies in a positive and healthful way. The main aim of creating the Body Love concept has always been to bring like-minded individuals together in a positive, healthy and meaningful way. Loving our bodies is no easy task, especially when we are wrestling with our own personal insecurities ( and lets be honest, we all have something that bothers us), and so to create awareness about loving and embracing the body we have been given, we decided to put together regular events that encourage this movement.

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My Top 5 Healthy Snacks for Spring

04 September 2017

I know so many of us are always on the go and often forget to pack healthy snacks to beat those cravings and see us through the day! When we forget to plan ahead, this is what leads us to turn to vending machines and convenience stores for quick fixes that more often than not end up being unhealthy choices that just don’t serve us or our energy levels. When you feed your body with junk, well that’s exactly what you get…junk. Before you know it, these junk foods pollute our cells and cause us to run slow, feel fatigued and downright lazy! The good news is that we don't have to feel this way.

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Caralishious Inspired Series: 5 Key Nutrients Essential for Women's Health

21 August 2017

In honour of Women’s Month, I am featuring leading nutritional author and expert Patrick Holford who is unpacking key nutrients needed by women to support and improve overall health, moods and energy, regardless of any hormonal ups and downs.

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Caralishious Review: Blendid DIY Smoothie Mixes - Health on the Go

17 July 2017

I recently received a special delivery from Blendid South Africa - the newest smoothie pre-mix craze to hit the market! So quick and easy, all you have to do - literally - is chuck the contents of your Blendid pre-mix into your blender, add milk of your choice, whizz together and off you go! The perfect healthy meal for gals (and guys) on the go! And what a treat it was to give these a whirl (no pun intended haha), simple, utterly delicious, frozen (so you can buy lots at a time) and nutritious! This may just be my new favourite!

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Body Love Brunch Launch Event 2nd July 2017

05 July 2017

This past weekend we hosted our very first Body Love Brunch in collaboration with Krunch SA, and what a fantastic success it was! We really wanted to bring something fresh and fun to Joburg…with a little health flare mixed in there of course. And so Body Love brunch was born: An event aimed at bringing together like-minded individuals looking to improve their health, wellbeing and vitality, by giving them a beautiful space to share their own health journey, aspirations, experiences, and advice with others, and likewise to learn from those they meet. And what better way to do so, then over a nourishing and delicious spread of super healthy food.

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Stop Forcing, Start flowing: Why forcing things can often repel the very outcome you most desire

03 July 2017

Have you ever come across those people that just seem to have luck in their favour…but all the time…as in everyday, always!!! No matter what, things seem to always come together for them – and the weird part is that they are so chilled, almost nonchalant in their approach to life. Conversely, there’s your everyday…blood, sweat and tears, giving life your all, pushing, working to the point of burnout, trying with all your might to make your dreams a reality – and yet something seems to always get in the way?

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For the Girl who Lost Herself Along the Way

06 June 2017

It was so strong to begin with – that vibrance, that zest for life, powering through your veins and radiating deep in your soul - like crashing waves against the midnight tide – rushing wild, untamed, full of hopes and dreams. But that light, your fire inside grew timid, as lost dreams and failures crept in, collecting amongst the pieces of your broken heart - with each strike, you hardened....

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Caralishious Reviews: Best Natural Deodorants. Do They Really Work?

24 May 2017

So as you all know I am a health fanatic! And for good reason because I truly believe we as a society, we significantly underestimate just how important healthy living is. Our health literally influences our longevity, and that’s a big deal, so it’s definitely something to be taken seriously. In my mind, there are plenty of factors we can’t control, so we should put in maximum effort into those things we do have control over right!?

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How to Overcome Your Inner Critic

09 May 2017

One of the biggest factors in getting your health on track is how you think! Now this may come as a surprise, given that you’re probably thinking healthy eating and exercise would be the most key, but let me show you why these are actually secondary:

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7 Major Weight Loss Myths Debunked

11 April 2017

I know just how overwhelming it can be when just about everyone out there has an opinion on what works best when it comes to losing weight. It’s a whirlwind of information out there…so how can you tell what’s true and what’s not? Especially for someone who is completely new to this whole world of health and wellness – all that information can really put you off before you even start!

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Let Go and Let Live: How to Let your Life Unfold Effortlessly

03 April 2017

Our plans are simply our psychological security blanket that work towards navigating a very unstable, uncertain world. Of course planning has its place – our plans serve as the blueprint or mind map we use to achieve our goals, the key though is to know, and to accept that these plans are approximate – meaning they cannot be set in stone – they give us an idea of how to get to where we want to go, but we need to be able to adapt our plans as the external environment around us changes. Plans are more a suggestion of how, the actual how can never be known until it’s already happened.

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Why you should Start Thinking of yourself as An Athlete

13 March 2017

When it comes to training, I often have people coming up to me at the gym to ask me what it is that I am actually training for. And, each and every time , I am met with a look of complete surprise when I say, “ nothing really, I simply train because I love it”, and I guess this has made me realise that something I take for granted as normal in my life is quite unique for others. Let me explain....

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Wellbeing…More than just a healthy body!

Wellbeing…More than just a healthy body!

06 March 2017

My health journey is ever evolving, and I love sharing my new learnings with all of you. I really believe that we are all students of life – not matter how much we know now, there is always more to learn, whether it be solidifying old knowledge, unlearning stale concepts to make way for fresh ones, discovering something completely new, or viewing that which you already know in a different light. There is something truly magical about continuous learning…It means we are forever growing, discovering, understanding and evolving. And this very much applies to our health too!

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Weight Maintenance Tips From Horse Racing Jockeys

06 February 2017

When it comes to eating less and staying in top shape there are not many healthy examples that we can turn to. More often than not, we turn to unhealthy and restrictive patterns, hoping to control our weight as much as possible. With the J&B met having occurred recently, this made me wonder about the sport of horse racing, and in particular horse Jockeys, who have it really tough when it comes to having to control their weight in order to fit within the constraints required by the sport.

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Ditch the Diet Mentality and Just Listen to your Body!

30 January 2017

I know how it feels to obsess over your body… I used to spend hours doing the same - comparing myself to other women, critically analysing what needed fixing, and driving myself insane with self-induced pressure to improve– what was I going to do differently this time to be better?

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Should You Really be Drinking Cow’s Milk?

24 January 2017

Dairy works wonders for some, and for others it doesn’t work at all. If it works for you that’s great, but it’s also important to consider the greater landscape when deciding whether to continue eating a particular type of food – especially on a daily basis.

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What it Really Means to Find Yourself

21 December 2016

With things quietening down over the holiday season, this allows us the time to contemplate I think it’s important to get a bit philosophical sometimes, and to gain new perspectives. I believe this to be very healthy part of holistic well-being as it enables us to define, create and determine our own ideas, concepts and beliefs that reign true for us personally. I particularly enjoy using this quiet time to reflect on norms, ideals, and the many things we take as the standard truths of life. One in particular that I have been deliberating recently is the notion of self…and the importance of finding it.

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6 Ways to stay Fit and Motivated during the Holidays

6 Ways to stay Fit and Motivated during the Holidays

09 December 2016

Relaxing is an absolute must during the holidays to help reduce cortisol levels, reset your body and restore mentally for the new year, BUT (and of course there is a BUT), relaxing doesn’t mean not moving your body. In fact, holidays are the perfect time to keep active and work on your fitness levels

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Caralishious Travel Series: Why you absolutely Have to Visit Brookdale Health Hydro!

30 November 2016

This past weekend I was lucky enough to immerse myself in the peaceful paradise that is Brookdale Health Hydro. Nestled in the heart of the Midlands, this quaint setting is truly a place like no other…think calm, serene, tranquil, silent…only the gentle echos of nature surrounding you that send you into a heavenly realm of rest and relaxation.

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Are you Letting Social Media Define your Self-Worth?

21 November 2016

Over the weekend I was chatting to one of my friends about the power of social media and how incredible it is for building businesses. We were also discussing our favourite pages and how incredible some of the women are that we follow. We were going on and on about their beauty and how amazing there physiques are. I’m pretty sure these types of conversations come up all the time amongst women, and in particular, teens…and this makes me wonder to what extent these conversations are internalised? Do we really believe this is what we should be?

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When too Healthy becomes Unhealthy

07 November 2016

I want to talk about a topic that perhaps isn’t regarded as much of a big deal as it should be. I often address this notion of “having a relationship with food”, but I feel that I need to shed light on just how complex these relationships can become, and how varied they are. The psychological nature of eating and how it impacts our behaviour is huge – something we need to be aware of, to make sure we don’t venture too far towards either end of the spectrum.

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Budget Friendly Grocery Essentials for Healthy Living

Budget Friendly Grocery Essentials for Healthy Living

02 November 2016

Healthy eating can be very expensive if you buy into all the health hypes. But I can assure you, it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to eat well if you do it the smart way. Remember, above all, eating clean means eating simple…(and I mean super simple). You don’t have to be purchasing fancy superfoods or health treats if your budget doesn’t allow for it. Think of these as luxuries – if you have extra cash available to you then you can enjoy those additional items, but for the most part stick to this simple list below and you will see just how affordable healthy eating can be:

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Are Supplements Really Necessary for Good Health?

17 October 2016

Today we live in a world of commercialized foods and fast foods where the emphasis lies in making profits at the expense of health. Wholesome foods, although growing in accessibility, are not easily available other than in health shops. Does this mean that we need to rely on supplements to ensure we are adequately nourished?

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The Ultimate Secret to Long Term Weight Loss

The Ultimate secret to Long Term Weight Loss

09 October 2016

So this past week I sent out a post on Facebook asking what you would like to see more of on my blog, and I received a few requests on how to stick to eating healthy to maintain long term weight loss. I guess this will always be a hot topic given how much focus is placed on image and body shape in general, so I do acknowledge and understand its relevance, but before anything I really have to emphasize on thing....

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7 Great Ways to Build a Successful Blog

03 October 2016

This week I have decided to share something a little different with you. Even though it’s a little off the wellness spectrum, I do still believe it holds some relevance, because it has to do with self-fulfilment – in particular, setting goals and pursuing meaningful work that you are passionate about. Work is such a huge part of our lives, so it is really important that we enjoy what we do! And if that means starting up your own business, then I say go for it!!

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My top 7 Sources of Plant Based Protein

My Top 7 Sources of Plant Based Protein

27 September 2016

I know that we have all been conditioned to believe that the primary source of protein in our diets should come from animals, but take it from someone who leads a predominantly vegan lifestyle – that this couldn’t be further from the truth!

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How to Get that Summer body without Dieting

How to Get that Summer Body without Dieting...Ever!

19 September 2016

Its about that time of year where so many women begin obsessing over getting the “perfect summer body”, and I want to tell you today that we really need to stop doing this! The lengths that some people are willing to go to, to achieve this body ideal is just plain crazy! Restrictive diets are just not worth it trust me! Yes it will work for a while, but I can GUARANTEE YOU it wont stick.

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Caralishious Beauty Series: What you Should Know about Toothpaste

Caralishious Beauty Series: What you Should Know about Toothpaste

12 September 2016

As I have deepened my own personal health journey, I have become more attuned not just to what I am putting in my body, but what I apply topically too. And I have to say, It’s quite a lot to take in! So many products we use every day, things we don’t even think twice about, are the very things that are causing us harm. Conventional toothpaste - Something that most of us use two, maybe even three times a day, 365 days a year. But, did you know that it contains a serious toxin that can actually cause you harm?

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4 Ways to Curb Those Food Cravings

05 September 2016

If you are looking to make healthier food choices, understanding cravings is an essential component of staying on track. The key to understanding cravings is listening to your body. The first important distinction that needs to be made: Is your body telling you it needs something, or is your mind telling you it wants something?

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5 Simple Ways to Keep Healthy on Holiday

5 Simple Ways to Keep Healthy While Travelling

29 August 2016

Travelling can really take its toll on the body, so I thought I would share the things I found really helpful throughout my trip with you:

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Surrendering fora Life of Abundance

3 Ways to Surrender for a Life of Abundance

15 August 2016

Surrender is not about giving up, handing power over, or failing. It is not waving the white flag of defeat. We are so used to striving and trying so hard for an outcome that anything outside of that formula seems like self-sabotage. It isn’t. In fact, surrender is the pinnacle of evolved and enlightened behaviour.

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10 Ways to Build a Positive Body Image

10 Ways to Build a Positive Body Image

08 August 2016

With Women’s Day just around the corner, I feel that it is so important to talk about body image. So many of us (women especially) are self-conscious of our bodies, or are unhappy with a certain part of our physique. Media goes on and on to show us “perfect” bodies and so we continue to feel inadequate ourselves. But why? Why should anyone tell us how we ought to look or what shape our bodies ought to be!?! It’s all nonsense. We are all very different in shape and size…and we should be celebrating that! Can you imagine if we were all the same…how boring would that be right?!

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3 Ways to Love Your Body

3 Ways to Love Your Body

01 August 2016

As women, our relationships with our bodies are more often than not dysfunctional at best. With big money making diet and cosmetic industries barking at our heels, loving our bodies is no stroll in the park. It’s especially hard when our friends complain about their bodies, and our moms have been on diets since we were in diapers. This need for the perfect body is ingrained so early in life, and so it becomes such a huge part of any women (and even men)’s lives.

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Is Burnout the New Normal?

Is Burnout the New Normal?

22 July 2016

“Burnout” is a hot topic, both in the workplace and at the dinner table. Whatever our daily roles look like, we all report suffering from exhaustion and depletion to the point where it is worth asking: “Am I at risk of ‘burnout’ or even, am I already there?”

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Ten Effective Tips to Stabilise your Blood Sugar Levels

Ten Effective Tips to Stabilise your Blood Sugar Levels

18 July 2016

Recently in my nutrition coaching sessions, there have been several questions come up about blood sugars and the dreaded 2-4pm energy slump. Regardless of your current health, everyone can benefit from knowing how to maintain healthy blood sugar levels through diet and lifestyle and to apply these tools for life. Reducing the overall amount of sugar in our diet is crucial to our health, but what about balancing our blood sugars as a whole? Remember, carbohydrates aren’t bad, it’s all about knowing how to balance of them, strategically use them, and eating the right kind of quality carbs. Let’s dive into what you can do today to reduce the roller coaster of high and low blood sugars.

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How to Cope When You're Having a Blue Day

How to Cope When You're Having a Blue Day

11 July 2016

Have you ever had one of those days when, despite having the best of intentions and doing all the right things, you just feel a bit...Off? Maybe you have these kinds of days fairly regularly? If so don’t worry, you are not alone!

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How to Practice Self Love…10 Easy Steps

How to Practice Self Love…10 Easy Steps

04 July 2016

The idea of loving yourself often seems so cliché. We throw around the phrase, but do we really understand what it means? Do we actually know how to practice self-love? Or what the process of self-love even looks like? Some people even think self-love is selfish – but why is it selfish to care for yourself?

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5 Smart and Healthy Cooking Hacks

5 Smart and Healthy Cooking Hacks

27 June 2016

Cooking preparation is just as important as the ingredients you select for your meal. Sometimes, without even knowing we can completely destroy the nutritional benefits of our food by how we prepare the food. Many sauces and condiments that you may be typically be inclined to add to a meal for flavour can also be laden with hidden sugars and other nasties, which in turn can undo any benefit that the ingredients you are using may have. This is a snippet out of the Caralishious Nutrition and Lifestyle Guide (available to order via email: cara@caralishious.com), which I wanted to share with you today, as it covers the most important tips and tricks for smart, healthy and nutritious food preparation and cooking. I apply these tips daily and I hope they will help you too!

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Caralishious Beauty Series - Eye Lash Extensions Yes or No?

23 June 2016

As part of my first beauty blog, I decided to try out eyelash extensions. There has been so much hype around these on social media that I thought I just had to give it a test run. I mean what more could I ask for than not to have to put on make-up, especially mascara. Being contantly on the go, I hardly ever have time to put on make-up – usually I am literally hair in bun, clean face, gym wear and go! I also workout – a lot – and so make up and sweat just really don’t mix very well together. Hence, my decision to see how these lashes work on me.

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10 Flat Tummy Foods to Start Including in your Diet

10 Flat Tummy Foods to Start Including in your Diet

13 June 2016

While exercise is a great way to tone and firm your body, and of course alleviate stress, no amount of crunches can out-train a poor diet. Truth is you can crunch yourself into a coma and still have ab flab. A distended tummy can also be caused from bloating rather than excess fat. So if you really want a sleek, sexy midriff, you have to tweak your diet. All of the best waist-whittling foods contain fibre to banish bloat, antioxidants to boost your ab routine's effectiveness, and protein to help maintain a healthy metabolism. Here are my top 10 choices for a flatter belly.

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Sweetly Hidden Truth: 50 names for Sugar you Probably Dont Know

Sweetly Hidden Truth: 50 names for Sugar you Probably Dont Know

06 June 2016

So you all know now by now that eating sugar is not the best for us right? And you also know to look at ingredients listings to see if there are any added sugars to the products you plan on buying. But do you understand all the names of the ingredients listed? What if I told you that even though you thought you had cut out sugar, you may still be consuming it without even realising?

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The Truth About Healthy Eating

The Truth About Healthy Eating

30 May 2016

The more I read about the food industry, the more I am blown away by the way the world eats. What baffles me even more is the overload of contradicting and in many cases nonsense information that people are fed about what healthy eating looks like. We are told one day that in order to live long healthy lives we should eat a diet low in fat and high in whole grains while the next day a book comes out touting the merits of a high fat, high protein, low carb lifestyle. Who is right? What is the truth? Why is it all so damn confusing!?!

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What Healthy Living Really Looks Like

What Healthy Living Really Looks Like

23 May 2016

The real life behind the images you see is very different to how you may perceive things to be. We all want to tell the best possible story, because after all who wants to hear about the bad or average stuff right? But truth is, everyday life is not always a scenic run in the mountains, smoothie bowls or beach yoga – real life is that coffee you spilt this morning, long hours at work, the run you were supposed to take but didn’t because you couldn’t get out of bed, the salad you slapped together for lunch that looks nothing worthy of a photo.

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16 Ways to Own your Winter Workout

16 Ways to Own your Winter Workout

17 May 2016

I really do understand how difficult it is to workout in winter. The cold weather has that “I don’t want to move” effect on us, and trust me I experience it too. But it is still so important for us to get a good amount of exercise in the colder months, to keep us fit and healthy, and to keep our joints and muscles mobile. Keeping up your fitness in winter also means that you don’t have to go to crazy lengths to get back into shape when the warm weather returns. It is always best to find a good balance - eating good quality wholefoods and exercising consistently will keep your immune system strong, and your body fit and healthy no matter what the weather is like outside.

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Some common Weight Loss Questions Answered

09 May 2016

This week, I want to share with you some common questions that I receive from the Caralishious community. These questions come up so often, and so I thought it would be great to focus this week’s blog on sharing my answers with all of you.

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11 Anxiety Busting Tactics to Keep You Calm and Focussed

11 Anxiety Busting Tactics to Keep You Calm and Focussed

02 May 2016

I know just how overwhelming things can get sometimes. That feeling when everything starts becoming too much to handle, and you want to run away from it all. I think we all feel this way at one point or another. Life can be very challenging at times, but the best way to overcome difficult times is to face them head on. Being healthy is holistic remember, so managing stress and anxiety is just as important for your well-being as good nutrition, sleep and exercise – after all, each of these dynamics affect one another, so its important to always look at the bigger picture.

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9 Easy Ways to Beat Winter Weight Gain

9 Easy Ways to Beat Winter Weight Gain

25 April 2016

I get it! There is nothing better than comfort food in winter. That feeling of indulging in your favourite warming comforts on those chilly evenings is so utterly satisfying! But as we know, too much of anything is never a good idea! So before you go into hibernation mode and dive head first into all the heavy winter food, let’s work towards keeping things balanced and healthy. Instead of putting yourself in a position of having to “shed the winter weight”, rather, let’s work towards not putting it on at all!

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Can fat make you skinny?

Caralishious Inspired Series: Can Eating More Fats Make You Skinny?

18 April 2016

As part of my new Inspired Series, I would like to introduce my very first guess blogger, Pierce Holmford, a self-confessed health nut who is passionate about healthy, wholesome, balanced living. In response to all the questions I've been receiving about fats, Pierce is giving us the full rundown on fats - how they effect our metabolism, and which sources are best for a healthy, happy body and mind.

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When taking on Too Much becomes TOO MUCH! My Top 5 Anti- Burn Out Tips

When taking on Too Much becomes TOO MUCH! My Top 5 Anti- Burn Out Tips

11 April 2016

I always believe the best advice comes from those who themselves have been there, so I wanted to share a little advice of my own this week, focusing more on mental health. I am without a doubt Type A…so Type A in fact, that I could even be considered Type A+ (this should be a thing). I am notorious for wanting everything to be perfect and wanting to do everything myself. I find it difficult to relinquish control and trust in others to do what I need done, and as a result I often feel as if I’ve taken way more than I can handle. So, I also have to check in with myself every so often, and yes,…take my own advice. I am just as much on this journey as you, and therefore I am also learning about work-life balance, and the best ways to manage a healthy lifestyle in the midst of a busy schedule.

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10 Ways to Stay Healthy even when you are Super Busy

10 Ways to Stay Healthy even when you are Super Busy

04 April 2016

But what if I told you it’s actually possible to be both the busiest the healthiest version of yourself? It’s always easier said than done, but the impact a few changes can have on your mind and body is totally worth it.

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4 Big Reasons to Prioritise Sleep

4 Big Reasons to Prioritise Sleep

26 March 2016

I hear so many people speak about how tired they are. Its probably one of the most common things we speak about. Yes, life can be very, no – extremely busy, and chaotic and stressful, but always remember that YOU have the choice to make time for your health! And that includes sleep, just as much as eating well and working out.

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10 Smart Easter Snacking Tips

10 Smart Easter Snacking Tips

23 March 2016

I know that can be tough to keep it healthy during Easter, which is why I wanted to share with you my top ten tips for smart snacking during this time. You really don’t have to fully restrict yourself from your favourite foods, in fact I encourage you to enjoy a small amount of something you really love to eat during Easter time. Healthy eating during festive times, is all about balance, and being mindful and conscious. Again – no deprivation or dieting, just mindful eating and enjoyment.

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6 Smart Ways to Drink Alcohol and Still Keep Healthy

6 Smart Ways to Drink Alcohol and Still Keep Healthy

15 March 2016

One of the most common things I hear from my clients, is “but can I drink on my wellness plan?” I think one of the biggest concerns for many people when embarking on a health journey is around social gatherings. I completely understand that it can be difficult to avoid alcohol completely. And that is why I am pleased to be able to tell you that you can do still enjoy alcohol along your health journey (in moderation of course). Whether it be a barbecue, a party, dinner, lunch, or social gathering, alcohol inevitably pops up in one form or another. And it really is ok for you to enjoy a little every now and again. The key here is how you manage your alcohol intake - from what you do before and during, to what you do after consuming alcohol.

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5 Superfoods for Healthy Balanced Hormones

5 Superfoods for Healthy Balanced Hormones

08 March 2016

Eating the right foods can really make a massive difference to your mood. I know first-hand that a mindful, high nutrient diet can effectively reduce symptoms of hormonal imbalance such as mood swings, depression, weight gain and acne — and it can improve your energy levels and overall outlook on life too! So it’s not always just about weight, or how you look, it’s about how you feel too!

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#Mindhack: Using Thoughts to Rebuild Your New Normal in 3 Simple Steps

#Mindhack: Using Thoughts to Rebuild Your New Normal in 3 Simple Steps

01 March 2016

Mind-set is everything. You’ve probably heard that a thousand times and I bet you’ve even tried some pretty interesting tactics to shift your thoughts and manifest your desires — right? Well I’ve just about done it all. I’ve tried everything from writing affirmations 100 times a night and creating vision boards to posting notes all over my house to remind me of how I want to think and feel.While some of the practices worked for a while, they didn’t come naturally to me and felt too repetitive to keep up with. That is, until about eight months ago, when I found the most powerful mind hack I’ve ever tried.

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5 Ways to Reduce PMS Symptoms

4 Simple Ways to Reduce PMS the Natural Way

22 February 2016

PMS is honestly the pits! I know how unpleasant it can be, but I also know that there are very simple and effective ways to control these symptoms, the natural way! No need to load up on pain killers, there are plenty of things you can do to ease the discomfort without turning to meds.

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Brookdale Healthy and Heavenly Flavours

A Healthy and Heavenly Must Have

15 February 2016

Oh do I have a treat for you! So, you know how I usually like to share my own recipes with you right? Well this week I just absolutely have to let you in on this little gem – not mine, but so worthy of a mention I just have to share! This week I was lucky enough to find the most AMAZING collection of healthy, tasty and delicious meals all wrapped into one perfect book of healthy and heavenly flavours!

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16 Natural Remedies to Beat a Bloated Belly

16 Natural Remedies to Beat a Bloated Belly

09 February 2016

Nobody likes the feeling of a bloated stomach! Unfortunately, many of us (myself included) are familiar with an unpleasant feeling of having a bloated belly. It feels like you have a balloon in your stomach that’s weighing you down, making you feel heavy, and uncomfortable! Bloating doesn’t help with the romantic part of life either. What is more of a “mood killer” than feeling like you swallowed a basketball? I used to experience bloating ALL the time. It was so frustrating and I couldn’t understand why – I was eating healthy, I was exercising – so why on earth was I still bloated???

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My Top 10 Tips for a Healthier Happier You

My Top 10 Tips for a Healthier Happier You

28 January 2016

I used to live for validation. Constantly needing approval from others that I was good enough, attractive enough, thin enough, worthy enough and so on. Coupled with this was my relentless desire to build up the “perfect future”, and believing I will only be happy once my “perfect future” comes into fruition. Have you ever sat thinking to yourself, “I’ll be happy when I weigh this much”, or I’ll be happy when I have a significant other, or even “I’ll be happy when I make more money”? I was desperately looking to the outside world to fulfil my inner world. And guess what?! It didn't work.

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7 Smart Ways to Make your New Years Resolutions  Stick

7 Smart Ways to Make your New Years Resolutions Stick

14 January 2016

I know how many of you are adamant to start the year afresh. I am sure you have a long list of New Year’s resolutions too right? The thing is, life gets so busy so quickly that even with having the best of intentions to work on ourselves and our health goals, these all too often fall by the way side, and no sooner become a thing of the past. Trust me I know all too well about setting resolutions and then never getting to fulfill them. But I want this time to be different for you! I finally found some great ways to really get those New Year’s resolutions in place and working for me, and I hope to help you achieve the same. It doesn’t have to be completely out of reach – even in the busiest of schedules, you can still find room to work on yourself and reach your goals. These 7 tips I am sharing below worked wonders for me and I know they will help you too!

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5 Ways to Beat Holiday Over-Indulgence

5 Ways to Beat Holiday Over-Indulgence

17 December 2015

Christmas is just around the corner, work is slowing down, and the festivities have begun. I absolutely love this time of year, and I am certain you do too. It’s wonderful to be able to breathe, take some time off, go travelling if you can, spend quality time with your loved ones, and ease off routine for a little while. Life can get crazy and it is so important for us to make the most of our time off, to relax, rejuvenate and renew. Holidays can be both therapeutic and revitalising, but they can also be counter-productive to our health if we take things too far. With the holidays come lots of food, alcohol and indulgence. There is absolutely nothing wrong with indulging a little here and there, or having a cocktail or a glass of wine – we are all human, and should never feel guilty for treating ourselves every now and then – but what we need to make sure of, is that we don’t take it too far.

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My Top 8 Healthy Travel Essentials

My Top 8 Healthy Travel Essentials

29 November 2015

I am off to Dubai today for an amazing 2 week holiday. I am so excited! I absolutely love travelling – learning about different cultures, meeting new people and finding new inspiration from new surroundings. Travel is amazing, but I find it hard on my body and my energy levels, especially because of long plane flights, and change in time zones. I want to make the most of my time away and I have found that these 8 great travel essentials really help me feel fresh and energized after long periods of travel.

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9 Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

9 Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

29 November 2015

Holidays are meant for us to unwind, relax and to enjoy life. That means its really ok to let loose a bit and indulge here and there. But sometimes we get carried away and take things overboard. It can be very difficult to get back on track when you have let go completely for an extended period of time. So instead of going full throttle, try to maintain a healthy and comfortable balance.

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My morning Routine - 7 Rituals for an Energized Day

My morning Routine - 7 Rituals for an Energized Day

25 November 2015

Mornings are really the be all and end all of a day. How you start your day can influence everything that follows – from your mood and your stress levels to your productivity, and energy. I love to start my morning with some simple rituals that help keep me present, focussed, centred, grounded and relaxed… This may mean waking up earlier, but it makes such a difference in the way my whole day unfolds. In so doing, I am able to take on any challenges the day holds with calmness and clarity. Try one? I would love to hear your favourite rituals too – please share them with me here on my blog or on social media.

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7 Smart Ways to Drink More Water

7 Smart Ways to Drink More Water

17 November 2015

I know how difficult it can be to drink as much water as you should on a good day, and this heatwave we have been experiencing in Johannesburg definitely doesn’t help. The weather has been nothing short of boiling in many parts of South Africa, and has left many of us feeling drained, tired, hot and bothered. When temperatures reach such extremes our bodies lose a lot more water than normal to keep us cool. Therefore it is especially important for us to make double sure that we are hydrating sufficiently. Sometimes we can be dehydrated without even realising it. Typical signs of dehydration include headaches, fatigue and lack of energy, so let be sure you are getting your daily fix!

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Keeping Fit and Healthy During Exams

Keeping Fit and Healthy During Exams

05 November 2015

I know many of you are studying vigorously for your exams at the moment, and with that often comes major pressure, stress and sleepless nights. Midterms, finals, university tests or diploma exams… No matter what you call them, big tests can cause big stress. Some of you will experience an increase in blood pressure just by reading the title of this article! The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to reduce your exam anxiety, stay healthy and perform at your best.

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How to Get Started with Healthy Living

Failure to Launch? How to Get Started with Healthy Living

29 October 2015

I know so many of you out there see all these health fanatics post all these pictures about how amazing their healthy lives are (myself included). And I know that sometimes it can seem so overwhelming to see all the things that these people do to keep themselves in shape. Looking at them may even build up an annoyance or antagonism against the whole idea of eating healthy and exercising – almost as if its some kind of health “cult” that you have to become a part of in order to get the body you want, or achieve the health goals you have in mind. But I promise you it doesn’t have to be difficult. It doesn’t have to be extreme either. You don’t have to be doing crazy yoga balancing acts, run 10km every day, become a vegan or eat superfoods that you have never seen or heard of in your life. These things aren’t for everyone – maybe some of them are for you – who knows? But you will never find out if you don’t START!

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How to Give your Metabolism a Natural Boost

How to Give your Metabolism a Natural Boost

16 October 2015

To some degree, our bodies operate at a pre-set speed determined by genetics, age, gender, and body size, there are some lifestyle changes that can, quite literally, speed up the process. So you can't affect how many calories it takes to keep your heart beating, but you can burn an extra 500 to 600 calories a day by exercising properly and eating right, and by making a few changes to your routine. Even tiny adjustments to a person’s metabolic rate can add up to significant health benefits over time

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Interpreting Nutritional Information and Ingredients

Do you Know What's in Your Food? What you Should Be Doing Every Time you Shop!

15 October 2015

Grocery shopping is the norm for virtually all of us. At least once a week we find ourselves walking through the grocery store, isle by isle, placing pretty much anything that looks good in our trolley without much thought. But what is in that food you have just selected? Are you sure you really even know?

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finding balance

How to Find That Balance in Your Daily Life

09 October 2015

Our modern day obsession with wanting more and more doesn’t leave much room for balance. The more we achieve, the more we want, and consequently, the more we have to work. It’s a toxic cycle, one that can impact our heath drastically, if not managed correctly. I too get caught up in this “wanting more” mentality, and i have seen how my wellbeing suffers, as a result. I know how important it is for me to know when enough is enough, and to take some time to relax and rejuvenate my body and mind. Establishing a healthy balance is essential for maintaining our mind-body connection, because it is this connection that enables us to be more innovative, creative and productive. It allows us to be at peace – and when we are at peace great ideas and solutions flow more freely to us. Find out my favourite ways to balance my daily life in the face of all the chaos.

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Long lean legs

Get the Legs you REALLY Want

01 October 2015

I hear it all the time! So many women want to change the shape of their legs. Some want muscular, toned legs and a bigger booty, others want long lean, svelte like legs. And in order to achieve this, just about every stream of information out there suggests exactly the same thing: lots of resistance training, weight-lifting, squats, and HITT training. The other famous phrase for great legs is that “women don’t have enough testosterone to get bulky, so weight training is ideal” Hmmmm…not quite! Learn how you can build the legs you ACTUALLY want!

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5 delicious spices for weight loss

WOMENS STUFF FEATURE: 5 Delicious Spices for Weight Loss

28 September 2015

This week I share my love for spices, and the incredible health benefits they have with Women's Stuff South Africa.

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How to Reboot your Health in 5 Simple Steps

How to Reboot your Health in 5 Simple Steps

22 September 2015

We all fluctuate in our eating habits. Even the healthiest of us can be led astray every now and again. Sweet cravings can sky rocket of the blue, or the burning desire to bury your head in endless bowls of pasta (even the gluten free variety) may arise , which we all know causes a major yearning for more and more high-carbohydrate foods. Whether you’re experiencing this on the healthier end or the not so, all it takes is a few short and simple steps to re-boot your health and make you feel fabulous again!

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19 healthy living tips for summer

CRUSH MAG ONLINE FEATURE: My 19 Healthy Living Tips for Summer

18 September 2015

This week I share my top healthy living tips for Summer with Crush Mag online...

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10 steps to Get You Loving your Body for Life

10 steps to Get You Loving your Body for Life

18 September 2015

I spent much of my teenage life, obsessing over my body. I would compare myself to other girls constantly - critically analyzing what needed fixing, and driving myself insane with figuring out how I was going to improve – what was I going to do differently this time to be better. The sad part is, no matter what I did, or how thin I was, I was never satisfied – I always had to be better, thinner even leaner than before. Not realizing it at the time, I had entered into a game I was inevitably going to lose no matter how I chose to play.

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12 Healthy Living Habits For a Thriving Life

12 Healthy Living Habits For a Thriving Life

10 September 2015

Living an inspired, fulfilled and vibrant life is a daily choice. It requires mindful effort and careful thought. Absolutely everything you do is a choice – from the first thought that pops into your head as you wake up, and the first meal you choose to nourish your body with, to the way in which you decide to move your body, your social interactions, and the work you do. So what differentiates those who are happy, energized and thriving from those who just go through the motions in life barely making it through the day? Learn how healthy, active, energized active people make everyday a day to thrive!

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My 5 Favourite Spices for Weight Loss

My 5 Favourite Spices for Weight Loss

03 September 2015

For those of you who love your spicy foods, I have really great news! Spices, although typically associated with rich and heavy dishes, are actually incredibly beneficial when it comes to boosting the metabolism, detoxifying the body and losing fat. See which spices I like to enjoy daily for maximum metabolism boosting benefits

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15 tricks to be smart about the carbs you eat

MIND BODY GREEN FEATURE: 15 Tricks to be Smart about the Carbs you Eat

01 September 2015

My latest contribution to Mind Body Green is a really hot topic right now - particularly in South Africa, where banting has become all the rage. While I most certainly believe banting has its place, I also cant ignore that our bodies are all different, and so our nutrition needs will inevitably be different too - which means our carb intake needs will ALSO vary. See my recommendations on how to be smart about the carbs you eat.

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Can Less Exercise make you Lose More Weight?

Can Less Exercise make you Lose More Weight?

27 August 2015

Now this is always a hot topic! With spring approaching I’m sharing my thoughts on less exercise for weight loss. What do you think? Have you given it a try? Many people are getting on board with this concept, and I’d love to hear your opinions.

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You CAN have too much of the Healthy Stuff too!

You CAN have TOO much of the Healthy Stuff too!

10 August 2015

Filling up on lots of healthy treats but filling out too? Read more to see why this could be happening...

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How to Eat Healthy and Still Save Money on Groceries!

How to Eat Healthy and Still Save Money on Groceries!

07 August 2015

I hear it all the time..."Healthy eating is just too expensive"..."Healthy eating is a privilege". Well it really all depends how you do it! See my top tips to keeping your grocery costs low without compromising on your health.

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How to be Carb Smart

How to Eat Carb Smart

30 July 2015

Let’s be real – no one is going to go without eating carbs for the rest of their lives – it’s unrealistic and unsustainable! So let’s implement a smart way to eat carbs instead - Low GI eating is about choosing the right kind of carbs and pairing them with foods that will promote slow energy release even further.

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Curb Sugar Cravings

How to Kick Sugar to the Curb...Period!

24 July 2015

Sugar is one of those things that so many of us are addicted to! Its in so many food products on the market, we put it in our tea/coffee, we drink it in fizzy drinks, we add it to cereals, we spread it on toast. Sugar is everywhere! No wonder we crave it, because we are eating it consciously and unconsciously as a hidden ingredient , in almost all of our meals. So how exactly do we cut ourselves off from sugar? Well, lets start with asking why we are addicted in the first place...

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The Ultimate Tummy Taming Detox

The Ultimate Tummy Taming Detox

16 July 2015

Feeling sluggish, hormonal, and uncomfortable in your own skin? I have a great solution for you! Try this detox for at least 10 to 14 days and I have a feeling you'll want to continue some portion of it permanently.

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How to keep those Hunger Pangs at Bay

How to Keep Hunger Pangs at Bay

08 July 2015

Intense hunger is something that many people deal with regularly, especially given our fast-paced modern lifestyle. Making a few simple dietary and lifestyle changes can however make the world of difference.

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3 Simple Steps to Start Eating Clean Now

3 Simple Steps To Eating Clean That Really Work!

01 July 2015

By getting a clear picture of what you want your relationship with food to be like, while keeping it realistic, breaking it down into simple steps, and focusing on adding in positive changes, you will be able to get rid of negative eating habits completely.

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lowering cholesterol

Easy Eating to Lower Cholesterol

17 June 2015

High Cholesterol is just one of those unfortunate but very manageable things that so many of us are faced with in this day and age. Be it genetics, our modern day lifestyle, stress levels or eating habits, there are so many factors that can contribute to high levels of cholesterol, and for this reason it is always wise to look upon your health from a preventative approach.

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Healthy Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Healthy Fathers Day Gift Ideas

17 June 2015

Father’s day is just 4 days away and I know just how tough it can be to pick the perfect gift, especially for those dads who seem to have everything! Given my passion for wellbeing, I always love to find ways to incorporate healthy living into as many areas of life as possible…gifts included!

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The Do's of Detoxing

The Do’s of Detoxing

11 June 2015

Undergoing mindful detoxification is a great way to assist our body’s natural detox mechanisms to remove excess toxins more effectively. In theory, our bodies are supposed to be continuously undergoing detoxification. Our lymphatic system, lungs, skin, liver, and kidneys function specifically to breakdown toxins, purify our blood, and remove unwanted substances from the body.

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healthy eating on a budget

Keeping it Healthy on a Budget

03 June 2015

Health is more often than not perceived to be a luxury rather than a necessity. And here is where we all go fundamentally wrong! Yes, leading a healthy lifestyle is undoubtedly more expensive day to day – but what we need to realize is that it is all about the bigger picture - not about the here and now!

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Social Media and your Health – How to balance your Real and Virtual Lives

Social Media and your Health – 7 Ways to Balance your Real and Virtual Worlds

27 May 2015

Many of us are slaves to our phones, tablets, laptops etc. When we are not working on them, we are busy surfing Facebook, Instagram and other social media that captivates our attention for hours. I myself spend hours on my laptop and social media, writing blog entries, posting photos and uploading recipes onto my social media pages. In a world run by modern technology, we almost have no choice but to take part in this techno-behaviour. We do however have a choice in HOW and when we use these technologies outside of the work domain.

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Yoga arm balance

12 Simple Life Hacks to Maintain your Ideal Body Shape

21 May 2015

often discuss weight loss solutions on my blog, as this is a topic always in demand. I provide tips, solutions and options on how best to achieve this. Weight loss I fantastic when it results in you looking and feeling great. But the question we often fail overlook.…”Now What?” Is just as pertinent as the weight-loss itself.

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Clean eating snacks

6 Scrumptious Snacks for the Clean-Eating Noob

14 May 2015

The best advice I can give you when it comes to nourishing your body well, is plan, plan, and plan some more! Our lives are crazy busy and often we get so caught up in our everyday tasks and activities, that it becomes habitual to grab the closest thing to us if we are feeling hungry or peckish. This is why we have to be one step ahead of our own bad habits.

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wholefoods living

The Wholefoods Life: A Simple Guide to Eating Whole and Well

07 May 2015

Whole foods living is all about taking it back to basics – a farm-to-table approach by which we are able to identify the source of the foods we eat and are confident that minimal adulteration has occurred during the harvesting process.

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How to Get Weight-Loss Ready…Mentally!

30 April 2015

Something often and so easily overlooked when trying to lose weight is our general mental state – our psyche – the space in which we collect infinite thoughts, concepts and memories. Our minds are exceptionally powerful tools through which we can achieve incredible things, but also through which we can do ourselves much damage. For many people, the mind is simply a home for thoughts – good, bad, silly, ugly, happy, negative, positive, you name it! These thoughts are given free rein to enter and remain in this space for as long as they like. What many of us do not realize, are the implications that hosting such thoughts enable.

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Why a Calorie is NOT just a Calorie!

Why a Calorie is NOT just a Calorie!

23 April 2015

For so many years, we have been fed the same story about calories – that a calorie is a calorie, no matter what food it comes from. Using this deduction, this would mean that if we wanted to lose weight, eating a chocolate bar for breakfast, lunch and supper would be absolutely fine for us as long as our total chocolate consumption remained within the region of under 2000 calories per day and that we exercised. Um wrong!! Contrary to what we may have been told....

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Food for Nourishment

Rethinking Food for Nourishment

16 April 2015

Eating should never be considered as JUST something we do when we hungry. It should be thought of as a therapeutic activity through which we are able to nourish and heal our bodies. Within our image-obsessed society, we have become so fixated on controlling the size of our bodies, that we have completely lost sight of the essence and purpose of food.

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Intuitive Eating and Why We Should All Be Doing This!

Intuitive Eating and Why We Should All Be Doing This!

09 April 2015

So many people ask me, “What do I eat in a day?” This is a fantastic question, and an important one too. The common saying “you are what you eat” is as real as it gets, and I can’t emphasize enough just how true it is! Think about this for a moment…everything you eat is digested and assimilated into your body. This means that each new cell that is generated in your body is formed through the energy created by the food you have eaten. In other words, all new cells in your body are in essence the product of whatever you eat. If you eat rubbish, your new cells are created accordingly; if you eat wholesome wholefoods, your cells are likewise formed and energized by that food.

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Tumeric Milk

Fight the Winter Flu with this Healing Golden Milk Elixir

30 March 2015

If you’ve never heard of Turmeric Milk, you are certainly in for a treat. “Golden milk”, or Turmeric Milk is definitely one of my top night time drinks to enjoy on a cold winter’s evening. This drink is not only completely comforting, relaxing, and soothing, but extremely nutritious too. Turmeric contains loads of nutrients especially antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which make it an extraordinary spice that should be included in our daily diet.

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Get Healthy Now

My 12 Top Tips to Get Healthy Now!

25 March 2015

Sometimes all our bodies need is a little push in the right direction. Making small and effective changes to our daily nutrition and lifestyle habits is a fantastic way to look and feel a million times better.

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Avo with Carrot Sticks

Healthy Snacks ON-THE-GO : 10 quick and easy ideas!

17 March 2015

I know how hard it can be to eat healthy when you are always on the go. Whether it be work, family responsibilities, travel or admin, these tasks leave us little time to prepare healthy meals every day. That is why it is so important to plan, plan and plan some more!

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Caulifllower Wraps

Have you Tried Cauliflower Wraps?!?!?

09 March 2015

With Banting being all the rage on the health front these days, cauliflower has become an increasingly popular substitution for rice, mash, pizza and now wraps. Very low in carbs, incredible in texture and so damn awesome to stuff with delicious veggies and protein, these wraps are everything! These are any banter’s dream! Expensive yes – but worth every cent. I highly recommend these beauties to anyone looking for healthier alternatives.

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Miracle Morning Tonic

Beat the Bloat for Good with this Miracle Morning Tonic!

02 March 2015

Feeling sluggish, bloated and uncomfortable? Fear not! I have the perfect “antidote”. This Miracle Morning Tonic is a simple and highly effective way to cleanse, repair and energize the body.

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Building a Healthy Relationship with Food

For better or worse? How to build a Healthy Relationship with Food

24 February 2015

On the surface, talking about having a relationship with food may seem rather bizarre - after all food is not a person so how can we be in a relationship with it? As humans we are in relationships with everything around us - both animate and inanimate objects. A relationship can be defined as our proximity relative to another person/object. Emotively we can be close to a friend or family member,and we can also have a positive or negative perception of a non-living entity that we regularly interact with - a computer, a table, a car, a building, even our food. Our experiences with things directly influence how we perceive them and consequently how we feel about them - that is, they either induce a positive or negative emotion in us.

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Core strength training

Core Strength Training: The Ultimate Workout for a Stronger, Leaner Body!

11 February 2015

Did you know that your core is where all movement in your body originates? Core exercises are an important part of overall fitness training that, except for the occasional sit-up or crunch, are often neglected. Core strength is far more than just a few crunches at the gym. The difference between core and abdominal training is that you are not just targeting the front side of the body but the back side as well. Basic ab workouts only target the surface abdominals, while proper form core training works the deepest layers of muscle (these are the muscles we want to be targeting for beach-ready abs) embedded within and surrounding the torso. A movement that works the core activates numerous muscle groups, strips away abdominal fat, tones, and produces noticeable results a lot faster.

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Alkalizing Juices

The Biochemistry of Green Juice

12 January 2015

All foods in nature contain both acid and alkaline-forming elements. Internal balance or homeostasis is either achieved or thwarted as a direct result of the foods we choose to eat. Our natural healthy state in order to survive, is a blood pH level of 7.365, which is slightly alkaline.

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Why I Love Coconut Oil an So Should You!

08 December 2014

If you want healthy-looking skin, a great metabolism, and a healthy heart then coconut oil is a sure way to get all three!

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Fat Loss

Fat Loss, Cheat Meals and a Hormone called Leptin

01 December 2014

Within my wellness philosophy, I speak about being mindful – that is demonstrating presence and awareness in everything that we do. This awareness extends to absolutely every part of our lives, and includes being astutely familiar with our physical bodies. The more mindful we are of our bodies, the more understanding we are of how our bodies work, what our bodies need and how to better take care of ourselves in line with the physical cues we experience. Mindfulness pertaining to the physical body is easily amplified through an extension of knowledge –that is to further our understanding of how our bodies function, and being aware of the mechanisms and processes that occur internally. This post serves to promote knowledge of key hormones within our endocrine system that influence hunger, fat metabolism and weight maintenance.

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Beat addictive foods

8 Ways to Beat Addictive Foods Once and for All!

24 November 2014

Have you ever wondered why all those delicious treats stuffed away in your pantry eye you out every time you walk past? - With their uncanny magnetism and welcoming exterior -beautifully packaged, and glimmering under the fluorescent light. So inviting – a convincing promise of pure satisfaction and delight that just “hits the spot”…or so it seems.

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Prioritise your Health

Make your Health a Top Priority!

17 November 2014

The fundamental principles of my wellness philosophy stem from the synergistic practice of sustained mindfulness, nourishment, movement, enrichment and relaxation. I believe that wellbeing is a continuous practice that can only be sustained through the application of a holistic approach to health.

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Yoga arm balance

7 Metabolism Boosting Exercises you Should be Doing!

10 November 2014

Looking for some effective ways to transform your body? Here are a few great exercises that I strongly recommend to help you reach your health and wellness goals. These exercises are simple but effective in strengthening your body and firing up your metabolism. These exercises - performed three to four times a week - in conjunction with a healthy eating plan and sufficient rest will enable you to reshape and tone your body. Exercising smartly is all about selecting effective, metabolism boosting activities that don’t steal hours out of your day. No gym or fancy equipment required, just your body and some strong determination. Here are seven of my highly recommended health enhancing exercises that will help you transform your body in no time.

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Conquering the Health Hype

03 November 2014

"Fad diets leave us feeling confused and despondent. Healthy living is about balance in all areas of life. No "miracle" diet or pill that promises rapid results is truly effective in sustaining long term health. Health is holistic and should never be handled from a one-sided approach. For many, weight loss becomes a main motivator for health; it is important to focus on obtaining significant, long-term health that lasts a lifetime. Freeing yourself from the shackles that fad dieting imposes is a fundamental step in adopting a holistic approach to your health.

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Pilates

8 Reasons Why you should Try Pilates!

27 October 2014

Is it possible that one exercise system can keep inspiring and challenging you to be your very best self, help you create the body you were always meant to have, give you peace of mind, enliven your spirit and make you feel confident and empowered? The answer is yes…and its name...Pilates!

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Relax, Destress and Restore

8 Ways to Relax, Destress and Restore!

20 October 2014

It’s rather absurd that relaxation has become an exception to the crazy busy bustle of modern day living. We have resorted to scheduling time to relax because there is never enough hours in a day. Or life becomes so demanding that we have to remind ourselves to rest. For a large portion of individuals, relaxation is a privilege only enjoyed while on leave - that is, two or three weeks out of an entire year! Out of 52 weeks, only two or three of those allows for relaxation!

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